Hotels in unincorporated Sacramento County will be the first in the state to be required to provide panic buttons to service workers under an ordinance approved by supervisors Tuesday on a 4-1 vote.
As passed, the ordinance would impact the 24 hotels in unincorporated Sacramento County with 25 rooms or more. The city of Sacramento might soon take up a similar measure, with Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Councilman Eric Guerra expressing support for city action. The state will also consider similar protections this legislative session.
“I’m happy about the support for the housekeepers . It’s a hard job and now they are going to be protected,” said Roxana Tapia, an organizer for Unite Here, Local 49, a union representing hotel workers.
The measure was proposed by Supervisor Phil Serna. He said hotel workers deserve special protection because of the unique situation in which females are required to enter men’s rooms as a job requirement. Never miss a local story.
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